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OC man arrested in connection with Capitol insurrection

by City News Service
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A 61-year-old Westminster man was arrested at his home Friday morning in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Kevin Louis Galetto was arrested just after 6 a.m. as federal authorities were executing a search warrant at his residence, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Dalton said.

Galetto is charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, obstruction of justice, entering a restricted building or grounds and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

An affidavit from FBI Special Agent David DiMarco alleges that Galetto was first seen on video surveillance at the Capitol about 2:40 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Lower West Terrace tunnel entrance wearing a black baseball cap in support of former President Donald Trump. Supporters of the ex-president breached the halls of Congress that day as legislators were preparing to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Body-worn camera footage from police show the defendant “with his arms extended and pressed up against (Metropolitan Police Department) officer shields,” DiMarco wrote.

The body-worn cameras also show him in a “scuffle” with one officer, who was injured, DiMarco said. The officer was “knocked to the ground,” and the defendant can be seen pushing on the officer’s shield, DiMarco said. Galetto can also be seen in other footage shoving other officer shields, DiMarco alleged.

The FBI agent also said a YouTube clip shows Galetto “exiting the tunnel of the LWT entryway” and beckoning to a “crowd of rioters outside the tunnel, `More people!”’

DiMarco said that “based on my observations I believe Galetto attempted to summon more rioters to the LWT tunnel entryway to penetrate the police line.”

One of the officers said his helmet was ripped off and he was struck twice with an unknown object, DiMarco said.

Galetto was expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Santa Ana on Friday afternoon.

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